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Friday, April 06, 2007

Stunning. The question of cover versions is largely an artificial issue, I think. Before the singer/songwriter thing took hold in the 60's every version was a cover version, pretty much. We could argue for days about what version of "Stardust" is best (well, somebody could), but the rules changed. Is the Hendrix version of "Watchtower" the best? Dylan thinks so, and so does everyone else, it seems. The notable thing is that there is thought to be something unusual about this. What to make of Brian Ferry's new side? Maybe it would have been more interesting if he'd done a set of more unfamiliar material is my first reaction. You know what I like? Cher's version of "For What It's Worth".

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